Cleaning & Organization

3 Super Simple Steps To Get Your Dishwasher Clean

How often do you clean your dishwasher?

You may not think you need to clean your dishwasher. After all, it’s a cleaning appliance and therefore should always be clean. However, even your dishwasher needs a little love and attention once in a while.

The bottom filter can get gunked up with food and can cause some funky smells, and the sides and top can build up residue on them. Plus, once you clean it, it will look sparkling new on the inside.

One Good Thing by Jillee provided a super-easy three-step process to clean your dishwasher. Check out the video below:

“I know it seems kind of counterintuitive, like why would you clean your dishwasher?” Jillee says in the video. “It seems like it’s running 24 hours a day as it is. But it does get dirty and needs cleaning.”

It turns out that soap scum, food and grease that builds up in the corners of your dishwasher can decrease its efficiency and just cause it to plain old stink.


OK, now that you’ve covered the “why” behind cleaning your dishwasher, let’s get to work. Here are the steps you should do every six months to keep your appliance in tip-top shape.


1. Check Filter For Debris 

Jillee says your first priority should be taking out the bottom rack to clean out the filter area. This is where gunk and debris like to hang out, both of which can cause your dishwasher’s performance to take a nosedive.

2. Use Vinegar To Nix Germs and Grime

Distilled white vinegar is an everyday household item that packs a powerful cleaning punch — minus the nasty chemicals. Jillee recommends using it to clean your beloved appliance by adding a cup of white vinegar to a dishwasher-safe container before placing it on the top rack. Then, run your otherwise empty dishwasher on the hottest setting.